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April 22nd, 2009
09:39 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Taliban on the Move

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/WORLD/asiapcf/04/22/pakistan.taliban/art.islamabad.afp.gi.jpg caption="Pakistani paramilitary troops patrol a street in Islamabad on Tuesday."]

Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

Taliban fighters are on the move in Pakistan. They've seized a vital part of the country, only 60 miles from Islamabad. Their commander says they have a crucial goal: enforce Islamic Sharia law. There are reports the Taliban have warned barbers to stop shaving men's beards and stores to stop selling movies and music.  Sounds similar to life in Afghanistan when the Taliban was once in total control there, doesn't?

In a phone interview with CNN's Ivan Watson a Taliban spokesman said anyone who disagreed with their rule was a non-Muslim. He also said Osama bin Laden would be welcomed in Taliban-controlled areas of Pakistan.

This come after the Pakistani government signed a peace deal last week with a pro-Taliban cleric, Sufi Mohammed, allowing Shari law to be imposed in the Swat valley of Pakistan. But now they're pushing away from that area and setting their sights on the Bunder district. Many people who live in Bunder are afraid to the speak to reporters, because of possible retaliation.

Today U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton talked about the crisis on Capitol Hill, telling lawmakers the Taliban in Pakistan "poses a mortal threat to the security and safety of our country and the world." After all, Pakistan has nuclear weapons.

What do you think Pakistan and the U.S. should do about this bold new threat?
Sound off below.

We'll have more on this story and tonight's other headlines starting at 10pm ET.
See you then!


Filed under: Maureen Miller • The Buzz
soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Unknown

    How Mr,Pr,Obama is making sure that the money aid goes to pakistan, doesn't get into hands of taliban,,,

    April 23, 2009 at 10:25 am |
  2. suntak

    The most fearful and dreaded situation arising near the paks are Iran, China and Russia...The Taliban, will not be able to defend themselves from these forces. If the Taliban has any military smarts they will hide in the mountains till this crusade pass. When Israel cuts lose on Iran..forget it!! Its all over...then is when Russia plans on marching into the land of Israel. Watch Out Taliban!! this is a serious conflict and the Taliban will be just another missing number in the line of fire.

    The Taliban must never forget what Russia was doing to them when America handed them the equipment to fight them off. Now the Taliban, hate America..huh!! seems like a lot of well exposed secrets are unraveling here!

    April 23, 2009 at 7:49 am |
  3. roby

    This latest move by Taliban is a show of strenth,I belive is the first step taken to force the existing pakistani government into some sort of a power sharing deal.
    Mumbai attacks
    Uniting all fractions of militia under one leadership.
    Consolidating hold on swat valley
    Recent terrorist attacks in Punjab province.
    are not sporadic or stand alone incidences.
    but are all a part of out a long planned and deeply thought strategic move
    If not checked immediately will have serious implications later.

    April 23, 2009 at 1:09 am |
  4. Taha

    I am Pakistani and living in Karachi and I think it is time that the world joined hand together to fight with these fools. Other wise Pakistan is going to be next Iraq because other groups of Muslims like syiat will not accept Taliban's rule and they will start to fight.

    April 23, 2009 at 12:36 am |
  5. Jeff Burlington,WI

    We have not heard any comments from the political party in Pakistan about the Taliban having a stronghold in the Swat region. Or maybe their silence is their answer. The Pakistan military has not been proficient in past with their battle skills to defeat the Taliban, yet has not asked for help and complain when US drones enter Pakistan airspace to destroy insurgent positions. A proactive solution must be swift, a reactive maneuver might be too late!

    April 22, 2009 at 11:57 pm |
  6. Frank

    I was born in USA. My parents came from Pakistan to USA 1958. I live in Pakistan for three years from 2003 to 2007. Pakistan needs help. Pakistan helped USA to bring down Russia through Taliban.
    Pakistan is a beautiful country and smart people. When I visted Pakistan in 2004 Swat valley I met a Taliban. He was different
    from others so I asked, you don't look Pakistani. He told me he was a
    Taliban. He told me he was Warrior of God. He was selling tea, so I bought it. I asked him why don't you stop this stupied war. He said two reasons he is fighting. One for his country and the other for Palestine
    freedom. He also said that he wants USA to look like Russia one day.
    He also said that they defeated the British Empire centuries ago then
    Russia last century. He said we cannot be bombed like USA bombed
    Japan in 1945 war because we are not only in Afghanistan but we are
    all around the countries that surrounds Afghanistan. Fall of Pakistan
    will make them more powerful.

    April 22, 2009 at 11:50 pm |
  7. Steve

    In two words, I know what America needs to do.
    "Tactical Nukes"!!! If these terrorist take over the country, thats the first thing they will do to us. These terrorist don't believe in freedom of religion as we do. For them, it's either your a Muslim or you lose you head.

    April 22, 2009 at 11:50 pm |
  8. Alan, NYC

    If, according to Sec. Clinton, Taliban poses mortal threat to the security of our country and the world, what is she or the Obama administration is doing about it. Its irresponsible for her to support Obama's disclosure of the interogation techniques of the US military operatives. Irresponsible decision like this emboldens terrorists.
    Sec. Clinton should look at former Pres. Clinton's unweavering stand to protect the American's security first!

    April 22, 2009 at 11:43 pm |
  9. Jim from Boston

    What's happening in Pakistan is extremely dangerous and the Obama administration will need to deal forcefully with this either before Pakistan falls to the Taliban or in the aftermath - WWIII.

    April 22, 2009 at 11:33 pm |
  10. jhon

    pakistan needs money thats the plan to extract money from u.s
    they have 4 times the size of troops then taliban and what in the world is stopping them to control there own country.
    they have fighter f series tanks helicopter and all the other latest ammunication, they just are not trust worthy on anything they say.

    April 22, 2009 at 11:23 pm |
  11. David

    It seems that the new President of Pakistan has similar ideology beliefs as our current President has – to engage and appease the enemy as the Pakistani govt has done with the Taliban.

    April 22, 2009 at 11:15 pm |
  12. Ethan

    o my god this is bad pakistan has nuclear weapons and a crippled government the taliban are on the move when is this country declared a failed state

    April 22, 2009 at 11:13 pm |
  13. mike cain

    the taliban needs to be stopped now, its a matter of time before they get their hands on either nuclear or dirty bomb.

    the u.s. and pakistan cannot stop until they are killed or stopped.

    these terrorists havent done anything major and i know they something in mind, terrorists like to create turmoil.

    stop them by any means needed even if it violates the rights as they dont give rights to any one else

    April 22, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  14. Shafi Parekh in Raleigh, NC

    The Swat peace deal.............If anyone thought these guys would keep their end of the bargain then they are living in fools paradise. I think the Zardari thought these guys would leave him alone for some time so he could continue to do what he was doing namely NOTHING. I am surprised that the US wanted to wait and see which was the official statement put out when the proposal was accepted by Zardari. We all need to realize the reality which is if this is not nipped right now then we will have to pay dire consequences. And what did we expect Ambassador Haqqani to say when CNN interviewed him. His job is to toe the official line. Their equivalent of our congressmen think it is OK to bury three girls alive. The women representatives do not speak up against atrocities against women. Who are they representing? Let's get serious and hold Zardari accountable and give him a deadline or else. This is another example of US dollars being wasted. Let's use our leverage and let's get them to do something.

    April 22, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  15. Dan Nelson

    WE had better start shock and awe part two tenfold of what we saw in Iraq! These extremist won't stop and it looks like the Pakistani's are unwilling to go full force against these terrorists!

    April 22, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  16. Hugh Macaulay

    Just returned from Pak, where I do a bit of business.

    It is far better and far worse than your reporters tell.

    Yes, it is horrible at the city level (I know karachi). But even in a huge city with blackouts and terror stalking, the Pakistani people are just so warm and beautiful.

    That is what AC should turn his hand to. The beauty of Pakistan .

    Hugh

    April 22, 2009 at 10:20 pm |